Summer is here for sure.  The temperature isn’t too bad, 85 degrees but it is too humid to work past noon.  Yesterday, I picked 2 1/2  quarts of raspberries and made raspberry sauce.  Today I picked almost 4 quarts of blueberries and made blueberry sauce.  This is the first year to make the blueberry sauce but it won’t be the last as we love it on the oatmeal for breakfast and it is so easy to make.  We are almost done the raspberries, two or three more pickings and they will be gone, then I will cut out all the old cane and tie up the new canes and cut them off at about 4 feet.  The blueberries are not more than 1/3 done so I will be picking those for quite a while yet and there is no big pruning job to do with them.  We had zuchinni for dinner today.  I love it fried with cheese melted on top.  I inspect the leaves every day and kill the squash bug eggs and bugs.  Today I got there just in time as three bunches I found were just in the process of hatching so I could catch and squash the bugs before they got out.  So far they are only on the zuchinni but I will watch the melons and butternut squash also.  Last year the woodchuck and voles ate all my melons so I will watch those carefully also.  If I see any sign of anyone eating them I will tie a plastic bag around each melon until they are big enough to pick.  I could not find any mustard greens at the farmer’s market this spring so today Norman planted some in our garden.  I like to have them dried and use inplace of salt in my frying but if they grow well we will try them as a greens also.  I am told they are very good, we’ll see.   The glads are starting to bloom.  I have them planted at the end of the greens garden so as soon as they open I pick them and bring them into the house and I am getting a nice bunch of them, they are so pretty!  Still no rain so we have to water each day.  They are conplaining in Nashville about being so low on rainfall this year and they have had three times as much rain as we have had here so you see we are very low and have to water every day just to keep the young plants alive.    Just ordered some stone ground flour from Littleton Grist Mill.  I still like their flour the best and always seem to be running out of either that or the steel cut oatmeal.  Tomorrow is time to make bread again and I think I’ll make some donuts also.  I will have to do some baking ahead for when the kids come next month.  It is hard to do a lot of cooking when you would rather be just visiting with the family.  Have a gret day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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